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By Nina Lamuela
Diego Badell and Alessio Mirra are chairs in this ad hoc institution depending on the General Assembly. They remembered representatives of all states who are present to stick to the dress code and timetables, because otherwise, punishments will be implemented, such as compulsory traditional dancing of the country the delegate represents. We will keep you informed about any punishment imposed, so you can witness.
So, after the formal introduction, a very relevant person in the MUN field came to the Beta room, where the AoC meetings are taking place, as a speaker guest: Sonia Andolz, a veteran and very wise ex-delegate in many C’MUNs as well as MUNs all over the world. She spoke about the importance of being open to dialogue, and what does this mean. “To be opened to dialogue does not mean to say ‘hey, let’s talk’, and talk yourself, but overall, to listen.” She illustrated this lesson with personal anecdotes and pictures.
After this interesting interruption, the session officially starts with a motion raised by France, consisting of a minute of silence for victims fallen during the Arab Spring, followed by the settlement of the agenda and the start of the debate by this same country, which seems to have a lot to say about DEMOCRACY.
Morocco, Egypt and France seemed, until yesterday, to be taking the main roles while discussing about the basic concept of democracy, and whether we can possibly export a single and unique concept of democracy to all countries and systems, or if every country should have its own way to be democratic, with no possibility for other countries to judge or interfere.
But the important question here is… will they get to any sort of agreement, so they can start working on a draft resolution? This is what chairs and delegates think about it: “Discussing about the concept of democracy is really hard. Many theories have been elaborated a century ago, but there is still no consensus on that point, let alone for a refreshed concept which takes into account the last globalization, use of technologies…” Diego Badell.
“Morocco wants to make clear that Arab Spring, and especially all violent events with this occasion, are a reaction to islamic dictatorships, but not to monarchies, as another country have suggested.” Delegate of Morocco. “It is really harsh for us as representatives of a State to hear from our fellows that democracy is to be imposed. Democracy arrives directly from sovereignty of peoples. It is also funny to listen some countries speaking about freedom and democracy, to others… We should ask them to check their own governments in the fi rst place”. Delegates of Bolivia.
For better or worse, and as several of the delegates at this committee highlighted, the only fact that we have all these ladies and gentlemen debating about a concept in an educated and ordered manner, is itself a tribute to democracy, and should not be neglected.
We will keep an eye on the AoC and we hope they get to a common point at some moment… For further information, you can ask in an informal way to all delegates or chairs during the evening at the Hard Rock Café, or during the breaks here around. They are really friendly and talkative!
This article was published in The Clarion, the official newspaper of CMUN , the Model United Nations of Barcelona. Read the other articles:
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